Have you started to change your diet toward a more plant-centered diet but still aren't progressing at the rate you'd prefer?
Are there obstacles or barriers holding you back from making the changes you need to make? Maybe you aren't even sure what barriers you're up against, but you know you need to make a change because what you're doing just isn't working.
Today I'm going to help you identify and overcome the barriers holding you back to eating an optimal, plant-based diet and achieving permanent weight-loss.
Here's what you need to do...
1. Identify the problematic behavior.
How do you do that? Re-cap on a troublesome eating day. What happened during that day? What were you doing when you ate poorly? Where were you? How were you feeling?
Were you hungover? Were you out to eat? In a gas-station? Was it after a frustrating day at work? Was it in the conference room? Were you starving?
Write down your answers. Seriously.
2. Identify possible solutions for behavior change.
What can you do differently to avoid making the same problematic decisions again or reduce the likelihood of them happening repeatedly?
Not drink or drink less when you're out? Reduce going out to eat or choose plant-based options when you do go out? Avoid paying inside the gas station so you won't buy a candy bar or call a friend to avoid buying chocolate? Pack baked sweet potatoes to work or a healthy 'treat' to avoid the cookies in the conference room?
Write down 3 possible solutions for each obstacle. Seriously!
3. Implement solutions and form new habits.
This may be the hardest step of them all. It takes time, practice, patience and forgiveness. Get serious about this step though and you will succeed.
At the same time, allow yourself to not be perfect and when that happens, don't give up and completely throw your hard work away. Changing habits is a process, but the longer you stick to them, the easier they become.
Set a goal to stick to your new habits for 90 days and you'll be well on your way to sticking to a healthy behavior change for the long-term!
At first, new habits take more time and attention because it's new behavior. But after you stick with it for an extend period of time (go for 90 days!) the once new behavior will feel like second nature -- just like brushing your teeth.
If you need help in any or all of this process, contact me for a personal session. I'll review your current routine and we'll create an implementation plan for you to build new habits,
Take Control Now Question
What is your #1 obstacle to eating a more plant-based diet? Tell me 2 strategies you can think of to help you overcome that obstacle.
Answer by clicking 'comment' below.